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Drug conviction nets 6-year term for known criminal

A Buffalo man who was arrested in December 2016 while carrying more than four ounces of cocaine was sentenced this week to six years in prison.

Michael Queener, 32, of 170 Blaine Ave., pleaded guilty in August to criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third degree.

He was arrested Dec. 19, 2016, by Erie County Sheriff's deputies during a traffic stop on the Kensington Expressway, when he was found to be transporting the cocaine.

Erie County Judge Thomas P. Franczyk said he considered Queener's significant criminal history, which includes the violent robbery of a 78-year-old businessman in his insurance office in 2004. His codefendant in that case was Christopher Boyd, 37, who is currently charged with attempted murder in the September 2016 shooting of the owner of Zoe's restaurant, among other offenses.

Assistant District Attorney Justin T. Wallens of the DA’s Narcotics Unit prosecuted the current case.

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